crackle texture with paint colours

 

Crackle finish can add an interesting effect to your art and can be used to create either a bold or subtle texture depending on your preference. Golden Crackle Paste is a whitish paste that can be applied in a thick or thin application.  When applied in a thicker application the cracks will appear larger and when applied in a thinner application they will be finer. 

 

Golden Crackle Paste 


1. Golden Crackle Paste is white and…

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An image of Tran Nguyen working at her drawing table

 

This Sunday, let’s take a look at the studio of artist and illustrator Tran Nguyen. Nguyen’s style shows her skill at drawing people and object’s realistically, but she makes it more interesting by creating surreal and psychological images of people and places, incorporating geometry and symbolism.

 

As an illustrator, the most important part of Nguyen’s studio space is her drawing table. She works mainly on paper, and in…

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A tiny portrait painting of Dale Cooper from Twin PeaksTwin Peaks - Coop II, acrylic and ink on miniature canvas

Amber Petersen, our featured artist of the day, is currently located in Toronto, Ontario. She

works in both painting and photography, and I find that her work shows an interesting contrast in the way she uses each medium.

 

I am particularly fond of Amber’s paintings, which are often pop-cultural portraits of known faces. Many of her paintings are on a tiny scale, as small as…

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A painting of a bee over scraps of old paperUntitled

Tina Tavolacci is a Michigan artist who specializes in painting and jewelry, incorporating insect motifs, as well as animals and plants into much of her work.

 

The recurring images of different items from nature – insects, sea creatures, leaves and branches of trees – are interesting when placed on jewelry. Something that is often refined to be as smooth and shiny as possible is, in the case of Tina’s work, left a bit…

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Motion Silhouette is a unique book created by Megumi Kajiwara. This unique book  is a not only a pop-up book but requires a flashlight or similar moveable light source to create moving shadows that become part of the narrative. The moving shadow of a tree shows a day passing and then a lightening pattern. This is a gorgeous project with simple and elegant design that allows interaction that adds an element of the poetic. 


book cover for Motion Silhouette

page from pop up book Motion Silhouette

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stencil art image of a stag

 

Stencils are an amazing tool for painters. You can use them in a very complex way or a very simple way. One thing is certain, they aren't just for crafters and street artists. The speed at which you can create a body of work with the use of stencils is enough reason to start experimenting!

 

I urge you to create your own stencils rather than purchase premade ones ---otherwise it may be pretty easy for someone to copy your artwork!…

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A man and the moon on a shore

 

“Private Moon is a visual poem, telling a story about a man who found the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life” Leonid Tishkov

 

Here are some photographs that should wake up the romance in your creativity. Photographer Leonid Tishkov travels the world creating these surreal photos with his unlikely companion, the moon. When I look at these photos I feel inspired by their mood. To me there seems to be a permeating…

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An abstract painting with many long colourful brushstrokesUntitled

Looking at Jonathan Hertzel’s work is like seeing an image transformed into different mediums. A sculptor and a painter, Jonathan’s bronze sculptures seem like fragments of his chaotic paintings, pulled off the canvas and made three-dimensional.

 

The sense of movement in Jonathan’s paintings is incredible. Despite their strictly abstract nature, I find myself viewing them more as landscapes, if quite bizarre landscapes.…

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Student versus artist grade paint

 

Many of you have wondered: what exactly is the difference between student grade and artist grade paint. Here's the skinny on why you might choose to pay the big bucks on paint or opt for the economical version.

 

Student grade paint, as the name implies, is often recommended to students. It's great for practicing painting and you can buy many colours right away without paying too much. Artist grade paint is very high quality paint.…

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An abstract painting on a film negative with bright, strange coloursUntitled Collision IV, paint and collage on 35mm film negative

Guillaume Vallee is a French-Canadian artist who takes a particular interest in film and animation and experimental techniques involving the technology used to create these moving pictures.

 


An installation view of a projector screen showing film negatives that have been painted and scratchedSouvenirs de sable a la ferme, installation

In Guillaume’s style I see an appreciation for digital mediums, and an eagerness to manipulate those mediums to their fullest extent.…

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A photo of several paintings in the home studio of Josef-Peter Roemer

 

Josef-Peter Roemer was born in Germany, and today lives and works from the state of Wisconsin. Looking at his work, it is easy to see the natural talent that would have made him a skilled artist even in his youth. Roemer’s work is representational, using a realistic style that is reminiscent of the soft, glowing faces and shining fabrics of paintings in the renaissance.

 

Roemer’s studio space in Readstown, Wisconsin is a…

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An oil painting of a fisherman's profile on a blue backgroundWaiting for the Cod, oil on paper

Bonnie Laird is our featured artist for today! Bonnie’s website – www.bonnielaird.com – is packed with expressive, dark-toned paintings.

 

Bonnie’s figure paintings and portraits have a very particular style to them, one which calls to mind much earlier art movements where human features and colours were skewed to reflect a darker, more anonymous urban lifestyle. The human faces in Bonnie’s…

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Fancy schmancy eggs anyone?  Artist Peddy Mergui blends eggs with Versace and he didn't stop there. He explores a range of sculptures that deal with superimposing different  'big' brands and food products. The packaging choices are so tactile - I can't help but imagine undoing the egg box and unwrapping each egg within. The packaging makes me imagine a parallel world where shopping is extra EXTRA fancy. What would the rest of this…

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